From the Publisher: Aug 13 1990

Last month senior editor Jack White took charge of our NATION section, and I want to tell you about him. First, he's a journalist who has spent 20 years covering business, the South, Africa, the Third World, the Midwest and presidential politics. Second, Jack is the kind of editor who reaches beyond each week's staple news and probes the quieter truths of this country with sensitivity and tenacity.

For instance, this week NATION tells you about "Dumping on the Poor," how many of the country's poorest citizens are relegated to living in environmental wastelands. And Jack is quickly defining the focus...